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Grand Rapids Theological SeminaryAnnual Report 2020

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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling Annual Report 2020

The Counseling Division faculty continue to review and assess the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to identify necessary changes to improve the program and its outcomes as well as to align with the standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Since the last annual report in August 2019, the following program evaluations and modifications have been implemented:

  • Ongoing analysis of full-time faculty teaching load and core to non-core faculty ratios.
    • Hired West Loveland, Assistant Professor of Counseling, as the third full-time core faculty member in the Counseling Division.
    • Pursuit of one additional full-time core Counseling Division faculty member.
  • Approved degree program name change from MA Counseling to MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to emphasize the specialization focus of the degree program and alignment with CACREP.
  • Changed the name of the specializations within the degree program to concentrations to avoid confusion with the clinical mental health specialization GRTS is pursuing with CACREP. Merged the Multi-state licensure concentration into the Interdisciplinary concentration.
  • Obtained approval from the Association of Theological Schools to offer not only the residential MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling modality under the GRTS name and ATS accreditation, but also the online modality. The online modality was previously offered under the Cornerstone University name with Higher Learning Commission accreditation only.
  • Created three new courses to replace COU-601 Testing Procedures to improve alignment with Michigan state licensure and CACREP requirements. The new courses are COU-602 Clinical Assessments, COU-661 Psychopathology and Diagnosis, and COU-672 Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders.
  • Launched the COU-503 Intro to Clinical Mental Health and Consulting course in fall 2020 which replaced the former COU-500 Counseling Philosophy and COU-510 Consulting courses.
  • Established the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Advisory Council and held the first meeting in fall 2020.
  • Completed assessment projects on the COU-662 Human Growth and Development and COU-601 Testing Procedures courses.

Number of Graduates

GRTS graduated 29 students from the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the 2019-20 academic year.

Pass Rates on NCE

The pass rate for the NCE as given by the State of Michigan for graduates of Cornerstone University (GRTS) is 100%.

The State of Michigan provides NCE pass rates for any counselor who has a Michigan license (limited or full). The State of Michigan does not track NCE pass rates for those who have never applied for a license.

The National Counselor Examination (NCE) is offered through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). The NBCC does not track pass rates for those that take the NCE; they only track those who take the exam as part of the National Certified Counselor (NCC) process.

Completion Rates

The six-year completion rate from 2013-19 for students who began in the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and graduated with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is 56%. Another 2% graduated with a different degree from GRTS.

The six-year completion rate from 2012-18 for students who began in the MACMHC program and graduated with an MA Counseling degree is 75%. Another 2% graduated with a different degree.

The six-year completion rate from 2011-17 for students who began in the MA Counseling program and graduated with an MACMHC degree is 55%. Another 9% graduated after the six-year term, and 5% graduated with a different degree.

Job Placement Rates

MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling alumni reported a 95% vocational employment rate within 9 months of graduation.

The five-year alumni survey distributed in 2016 for all alumni of the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program for the past 20 years indicated a 96% employment rate. The alumni survey will be distributed again in 2021.

Demographic Data of 2019 MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Current Students

 

Employer Survey Results

In summer 2018, a survey was sent to a sample of known employers of GRTS graduates. The survey was sent to 11 employers; five employers completed the survey. Employers were asked to rank their level of satisfaction in given areas. The following average results were obtained from the five-point scale.

Role of the counselor 4.4
Interorganizational consultation 4.4
Ethical standards of the profession 4.8
Social justice and advocacy 4.2
Multicultural competency 4.4
Human development across the lifespan 4.2
Effects of trauma 4.2
Process for engaging career development 3.8
Interrelationship between work and other roles 4
Counselor characteristics influencing counseling 4.4
Counseling skills 4.4
Treatment planning 3.8
Group counseling facilitation 4
Utilization of assessment tools 3.6
Diagnosis 3.4
Utilization of research in the profession 4
Record keeping and third party reimbursement 3.4
DSM V utilization 3.6
Techniques and interventions for mental health issues 4.2

The Employer Survey will be sent again in summer 2021.

Site Supervisor Survey Results

In summer 2018 a survey was sent Site Supervisors of GRTS MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling interns from the past three years. The survey was sent to 24 Site Supervisors; six Site Supervisors completed the survey. Site Supervisors were asked to rank their level of satisfaction in regards to student competency. The following average results were obtained from the five-point scale.

Role of the counselor 4
Ethical standards of the profession 4.3
Multicultural competency 3.6
Human development across the lifespan 3.8
Effects of trauma 4
Process for engaging career development 3.6
Counseling skills and techniques 3.8
Treatment planning 3.8
Group counseling facilitation 4.2
Use of assessment tools 3
Utilization of research in the profession 3.6
Record keeping and third-party reimbursement 3.6
DSM V Utilization 3.6

Open-ended comments from the Site Supervisors regarding the strengths of the program included:

  • “Complex and nuanced faith integration into counseling process, foundational humanistic counseling skills, and willingness to learn from supervisors and peers.”
  • “The strength of the MA program is the bibliotherapy, spiritual, and CBT training.”
  • “Students are clinically prepared for a variety of clients. They are also eager to learn. Students are also culturally competent.”
  • “Intentional and disciplined in meeting the Mental Health needs of the community.”
  • “The faculty supervisors are very supportive of meeting the needs of the Practicum and Internship students by lending extensions when necessary.”

The Site Supervisor Survey will be sent again in spring 2021.

Alumni Survey Results

GRTS surveys alumni on a five-year cycle. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling alumni survey was completed in 2016 and included the following highlights for those that responded.

  • 96% employment rate
  • 83% have pursued and obtained licensure as an LLPC or LPC
  • 34% had successfully completed the National Counselor Examination
  • 35% have their own private practice
  • 41% are licensed and/or ordained as a minister

2017-18 alumni were surveyed 18 months post-graduation. The survey produced the following summary of responses from MA Counseling alumni.

  • 100% pursued and achieved a limited or full counseling license
  • 100% employment rate
  • On a 1 (not satisfied) to 5 (very satisfied) scale alumni reported the following averages in regards to their experience at GRTS:
    • Improving critical thinking skills – 4.25
    • Increasing competency regarding diversity – 4
    • Improving counseling skills – 4
    • Faculty knowledge of material – 4

Placement rates for 2018-2019 graduates were also obtained with the following outcomes:

  • 70% employed vocationally
  • 5% employed non-vocationally
  • 9% seeking placement
  • 10% pursuing further study
  • 1% other
  • 4% unknown

The alumni survey will be distributed again in 2021.

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